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Art plays an important role at Hampton. Our main aim as a department is to develop creativity and imagination; to build on and extend their knowledge and experiences of materials, processes and practices.

The Gallery page celebrates the work students have produced. We hope to update these on a regular basis.

The Key Stage pages give information relating to course content covered throughout the school.

Throughout KS3 we explore and use a variety of materials and processes; pencil, pastel, collage, paint, printing and clay are some mediums that students use. Furthermore we feel it important for students to respond to artwork from other times and cultures, introducing different art movements, traditions and cultures.

The KS3 curriculum gives students at Hampton college the confidence and the skills to enjoy expressing visual ideas and to think creatively. It also prepares those students who opt for the subject as a GCSE option.

Personal Portfolio (60%) is developed during the two years of the GCSE. Students are introduced to a variety of different skills and are encouraged to explore, investigate and develop their own personal ideas in response to themes.

Exam (40%) The practical exam takes place at the end of Yr11. Students respond to an exam title and they have several weeks to develop preparatory work, drawings, research and ideas, which they can discuss with their teacher during lessons before the final exam.

Year 10

  • Students will learn how to explore and use new media and techniques, such as ink drawing and painting, printing, mixed-media, clay and sculpture materials etc.
  • Students will develop art work based on themes being studied and be encouraged to understand how artists work can be used to help them develop their own work.
  • Students will develop their art work based on their own personal interests using their imagination and expressing their ideas visually.

Year 11

  • Students will focus on developing a personal response to a previous exam title. This enables them to approach the theme objectively or interpretively choosing the materials & techniques of their choice and enabling them to show more personal meaning and expression in their work where they can communicate feelings in their own mature style.
  • In the final months of the course they will concentrate on their preparatory work towards the exam title.

Lunchtime club and gallery visits support students coursework development.

Students need to have enthusiasm for the subject and enjoy using their imagination to develop personal ideas.

They should recognise the enjoyment they can have through their own work and realise that it requires effort and reflection to develop artwork that is personally rewarding.

The majority of your course is practical work. However, there are some theoretical aspects to the course which include; evaluation of your projects, annotation of your sketchbooks and writing about the work of other artists.


Unit 1 Coursework

Unit 2 Externally Set Assignment

Course Content

Assessment: Students submit supporting studies, a linked personal study of 1000-3000 words and practical outcome(s) based on themes and starting matter developed from personal starting points.

A2 Coursework (Personal Approach / Portfolio Development)

This unit incorporates two linked elements, each with separate final outcomes: Practical work and Personal study. The investigation and development for both the Practical work and Personal study will be shown through supporting studies.

A2 Externally Set Assignment

The Externally Set Assignment represents the culmination of the course. The paper consists of one broad-based thematic starting point. There is planned and appropriate guidance during the preparatory period, encouraging independence in the development of student ideas, intentions and response.